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FRI-SAT-SUN      August 27-29, 1999      SECTION THREE       vol 10, no. 162

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Hope springs eternal in Cuba because of the efforts of Cardinal Jamie Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the island's first cardinal since 1959

     We continue with this special series introducing you to the Princes of the Church. Our ninetieth red-hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Jamie Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the reigning Archbishop of Havana, Cuba who played a significant role in convincing Fidel Castro to lighten up and allow the Holy Father to make his historic Papal Visit to Cuba in January 1998. He became the first Cuban cardinal since 1959 when he received his red-hat in the Consistory of November 26, 1994. For more on Cardinal Jamie Ortega, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

90.   Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino

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    VATICAN ( -- Although no official announcement has been made, informed Vatican sources confirm that Pope John Paul II will visit Iraq in December.

    Vatican officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say that the Pope has "for practical purposes, decided" to make the trip to Iraq. In fact, they say, plans for the visit are already well advanced.

    The Pontiff will reportedly travel to Iraq on December 2, for a two- day visit that will fulfill the Pope's desire to make a pilgrimage there, following in the footsteps of the patriarch Abraham. He would arrive in Baghdad, and travel by helicopter to the south of the country, and the ancient home of Abraham: Ur of the Chaldeans.

    A secondary goal of the trip, officials add, is to offer "moral comfort" to the people of Iraq, who are suffering because of an international embargo and the effects of repeated air strikes.


    VATICAN ( -- The Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Pavle reports that Orthodox and Catholics leaders are working closely together in the Balkans.

    In an interview published by the Italian daily Avvenire, Patriarch Pavle said that there are no real tensions dividing Orthodox and Catholic Serbs-- although he did comment that he felt the Vatican recognition of Bosnian independence had been "a bit premature." For the most part, he said, "recently we have find ourselves very much united."

    The Serbian prelate expressed his gratitude for the statements made by Pope John Paul II during the war in Kosovo, when the Pontiff voiced his concern for the Serbian population and called for an end to NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.

    Patriarch Pavle said that he, along with the Serbian Orthodox synod, now sought the resignation of Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, and the creation of a "provisional government" to guide the country through a period of transition to a new regime. He stressed that the Orthodox Church did not wish to become involved in practical politics, but sought only the welfare of the people.

    At the moment, Pavle observed, "anyone who is in power in Serbia will find himself at an impasse." The country has become "isolated from the world," he said; Serbia is now "reduced to a ghetto, a prison." For that reason, he argued, it is essential to support a change in government, and a drive toward democracy.

    Asked whether the Serbian Orthodox Church had supported the drive for a "Greater Serbia," which was the focus of foreign policy for the Milosevic government throughout the 1990s, the patriarch said that the Church had never backed such a project. In fact, he said, any "Greater Serbia" could be built only on "a mountain of crimes."


Exhibition at Communion and Liberation Annual Meeting

    RIMINI (ITALY), AUG 25 (ZENIT).- "Mother Teresa: Unbounded Love," is the theme of the photographic exhibition that the meeting of Friendship Among Peoples, organized by the Communion and Liberation movement, has dedicated to the woman who consecrated her life totally to the poor and the sick. The meeting is being held in the Italian port of Rimini.

    The author of the 100 photographs is a Japanese photographer who met Mother Teresa in 1975. Some of the pictures depict raw suffering, although there are some full of tenderness and hope.

    The photographer himself told the story of his friendship with the Albanian religious. "Mother came in and sat in front of me, a small old woman, with a smiling face lined by deep wrinkles. After giving Mother my letter of introduction from Archbishop Shiro Ainashi of Tokyo, I explained my motives. The year before, I had been profoundly moved by my visit to the house of the poor and the dying. I would like to document the humanitarian activities in pictures to show them to the Japanese."

    In a subdued voice, Mother answered: "I do not know what you mean by humanitarian activities. I am neither a social worker nor a philanthropist. I do what I do only for Christ. If I was a social worker or a philanthropist, I would not have left my happy home, or my parents. I have given my soul to God, therefore, what I do is not humanitarian, it is far simpler."

    The meeting, inspired by the present new ecclesial moment, is being held from August 22-28. Some 500,000 people are participating in conferences, concerts, plays, exhibitions, and festivals, among other activities.

    Communion and Liberation is present in 70 countries. In Italy alone, where it was founded by Archbishop Luigi Giussani, it has 100,000 members, mostly young people. ZE99082505


    DETROIT, 26 (NE) Cardinal Archbishop Adam Maida of Detroit, pointed out this week the need to encourage the Church's social doctrine throughout Michigan state as one of the key areas in evangelization. During the course of a Mass presided by Cardinal Maida, the Archbishop of Detroit consecrated a new Bishop for Michigan, Msgr. Leonard Blair, who will now help to serve the 1.4 million Catholics in southeast Michigan. Cardinal Maida stressed the need to fight abortion as well as assisted suicide, inviting the new Bishop to help him oppose them, and urged to "work against any shadow of racism or prejudice, thus ensuring a more just society in harmony with principles of the Catholic social-justice tradition".

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